Recognizing Thyroid Storm in the Neurologically Impaired Patient

Catherine Harris

J Neurosci Nurs. 2007;39(1):40-42, 57. 

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Summary

Thyroid storm is a potentially life-threatening complication of hyperthyroidism. Astute nursing care is the first line of defense in preventing the devastating results of an uncontrolled storm cascade. Recognition and prevention are the keys to managing thyroid storm. Being familiar with the signs and symptoms of clinical presentation are essential, especially in the neurologically impaired patient, whose symptoms can easily be masked by other conditions and whose subjective complaints can be distorted by an impaired level of consciousness.

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